November-December 2015

CALS Hosts 2015 Ag Biodiversity Conference, October 5-9, 2015

During the week of October 5-9, 2015,  the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences hosted the sixth installment of the 4-Nations Agriculture and Biodiversity Conference at Iowa State.  The conference is an annual event that brings together professors and students from Yeungnam University (South Korea),Hokkaido University (Japan), Yunnan Agricultural University (China), and Iowa State University.  The conference rotates between these four universities and this year Iowa State hosted two dozen international scholars on campus. The goal of the conference is to encourage collaboration, academic exchanges and the sharing of knowledge between the four nations.  Read more . . .

USDA Cochran Program for the Caribbean and Central America:   Biotechnology and Biosafety

Dr. Dirk Maier, Professor in Agricultural and Biosafety Engineering, has received a grant from USDA-FAS to provide short-term training under the Cochran Program for the Caribbean and Central America:  Biotechnology and Biosafety.  In collaboration with the ISU Seed Science Center and Global Programs-CALS, Dr. Maier has organized a training program for participants from Belize, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Costa Rica, and Panama that focuses on increasing knowledge and understanding of non-technical to technical agricultural biotechnology and biosafety topics for Fellows who influence the development and implementation of biosafety policies in the region including the Caribbean Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, Costa Rica Biosafety Committee and the Panama National Commission on Biosafety for GMO’s and the Sectorial Committees.  The training will provide the Fellows with knowledge and understanding on U.S. biotechnology regulations and risk analysis for genetically engineered products for food and feed including hands-on experience in various issues of biosafety in both public and private sector settings. Components will include environmental issues associated with agriculture, environmental and food safety. The goal of this training is to build capacity and ensure that biosafety policies are minimally burdensome upon U.S. agricultural exports.  Ideally, an additional training outcome will be an increased preference for the purchase of U.S. grains and oilseeds by buyers in Central America and the Caribbean.  Look for a complete wrap-up of the training coming soon!

IMMANA Fellowships Now Open for Applications

IMMANA Fellowships (Postdoctoral Fellowships on Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions) are now open for applications under Round 2.  The deadline for the submission of concept notes is February 1, 2016.  IMMANA Fellowships aim to create a cadre of emerging leaders in agriculture, nutrition, and health research.  The IMMANA program offers 6 fellowships per year.  Fellows will be provided a 12-month stipend and will work under the supervision of 2 mentors.

More information:

CALS International Visitors

Visit Dates   Country
Visitor(s) Department
October 10-25 Kenya
Daniel Wasonga

Seed Science
Yuh Shyy

October 26
November 6
  Caribbean & Central America
Cochran Program
5 scholars

Dirk Maier

December 6-9

South Korea
30 interns

CALS Global Progams
Denise Bjelland




Where are CALS Faculty and Staff Traveling?



  • Nuria Cristina Acevedo, FSHN, Spain, participate in international conference
  • David Acker, CALS Admin, Uganda, project collaboration
  • Dong Ahn, Animal Science, China, participate in international conference
  • Larissa Begley, Anthropology, Canada, participate in international conference
  • Carl Bern, ABE, Italy, invited presentation at international conference
  • Thomas Brumm, ABE, Italy, invited presentation at international conference
  • Steven Cannon, Agronomy, Australia, participate in international conferences
  • Alicia Carriquiry, Statistics, Uruguay, invited presentation at international conference
  • Song Xi Chen, Statistics, China, participate in international conference; project collaboration
  • Sylvia Cianzio, Agronomy, Puerto Rico, research
  • Joel Coats, Entomology, Canada, participate in advisory panel
  • Jodi Cornell, Global Programs, Ireland, University of Dublin study abroad fair
  • Christopher Currey, Horticulture, Canada, invited presentation at international conference
  • Murli Dharmadhikari, FSHN, France, participate in study tour
  • James Dickson, Animal Science, United Kingdom, invited presentation/lectures
  • Somak Dutta, Statistics, Singapore, invited presentations
  • Mark Gleason, Plant Pathology, Serbia, receive Fulbright award
  • Sonya Huffman, Economics, Mexico, participate in international conference
  • Wallace Huffman, Economics, Mexico, participate in international conference
  • Maro Ibarburu-Blanc, Animal Science, United Kingdom, invited presentation at international conference
  • Jay-lin Jane-Topel, FSHN, Thailand, invited presentation/lectures; participate in international conference
  • Ramesh Kanwar, ABE, India, research, project collaboration
  • Susan Lamont, Animal Science, Austria, project collaboration
  • Thomas Lubberstedt, Agronomy, Germany, discuss future collaborations
  • Dirk Maier, ABE, Italy, keynote speaker at international conference
  • Dorothy Masinde, Horticulture, Uganda, GLOBE and ISU-UP
  • William Meeker, Statistics, China, keynote presentation at international conference
  • Gail Nonnecke, Horticulture, Ecuador, program development
  • Jill Pruetz, Anthropology, Senegal, research
  • Kurt Rosentrater, ABE, Bulgaria, research
  • Max Rothschild, Animal Science, Honduras, Kenya, future Ensminger School site visit; research
  • Asheesh Singh, Agronomy, Brazil, invited research presentation
  • Walter Suza, Agronomy, Tanzania, project collaboration
  • Kan Wang, Agronomy, Brazil, Nepal, chair and invited speaker/presenter at international conferences
  • Donna Winham, FSHN, India, student travel course site visit
  • Curtis Youngs, Animal Science, Peru, invited presentation at international conference
  • Cindy Long Yu, Statistics, China, sabbatical
  • Jianming Yu, Agronomy, China, invited presentation/lectures


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